Timing is everything so when the time is right for you, we provide perspective, industry insights, benchmarking and meaningful business value to you and your portfolio companies through our global network, proprietary venture database and dedicated Portfolio Growth programs. We strive to build long-term relationships, founded on trust and instilled with the spirit of collaboration.
We believe persistence is key. That is why we have an evergreen fund structure. It enables us to provide you with long-term capital – through fund investments and direct co-investments for multiple fund cycles.
portfolio company exits in 3rd party funds since 2013
portfolio companies in 3rd party funds valued at $1B+
Global 2000 customer introductions annually
events annually for our portfolio and ecosystem
Beyond capital and expertise, our dedicated Portfolio Growth team – made up of business development, marketing, event and talent professionals – cultivates deep connections across the Global 2000 companies to help our underlying portfolio.
What does it look like to be an LP fully committed to venture? We live by three core principles that guide our work today and influence how we look to continually evolve to best serve our venture fund managers.
We work with leading venture funds, that reach across sectors and geographies, giving us a broad perspective on trends, best practices and insights. We share those industry insights with our fund managers through our thought leadership.
Our extensive benchmarking database allows users to compare performance with Sapphire’s broader portfolio across:
OpenLP is an effort to help foster greater understanding in the entrepreneur-to-GP-to-LP tech ecosystem. It is intended to be a resource for the venture community to hear from a diverse group of investors in venture funds and aims to help entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, LPs, and other stakeholders develop a greater understanding of the technology startup ecosystem.
Many aspects of venture funding remain a mystery, even to those working within the industry. When we launched Sapphire Partners to invest in venture funds, we noticed the role of limited partners (LP), the folks who invest in venture funds and whose capital is then in turn invested in startups, was particularly opaque -- even for entrepreneurs and VCs who had been through several fund-raising cycles.
Annual meetings are simple in concept but can be difficult to execute well. At Sapphire Partners, we are constantly asked what makes a good annual meeting, which makes sense given the typical GP attends one annual meeting (their own) while limited partners attend dozens.
This article originally appeared on SuperReturn365 in March 2019.Venture capital is becoming increasingly globalised. The VC stronghold is said to be shifting to regions outside the US, and VCs are moving to make investments across multiple